Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima

Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima

Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima

Unknown Valor: A Story of Family, Courage, and Sacrifice from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima


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New York Times Bestseller. The popular primetime Fox News anchor pays tribute to the heroic Americans who sacrificed everything at Iwo Jima during WWII.

Admiral Chester Nimitz spoke of the “uncommon valor” of the men who fought on Iwo Jima, one of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of World War II. In thirty-six grueling days, nearly 7,000 Marines were killed and 22,000 were wounded.

Martha MacCallum takes us from Pearl Harbor to Iwo Jima through the lives of these men of valor, among them Harry Gray, a member of her own family.

In Unknown Valor, she weaves their stories—from Boston, Massachusetts, to Gulfport, Mississippi, as told through letters and recollections—into the larger history of what American military leaders rightly saw as an eventual showdown in the Pacific with Japan. In a relentless push through the jungles of Guadalcanal, over the coral reefs of Tarawa, past the bloody ridge of Peleliu, against the banzai charges of Guam, and to the cliffs of Saipan, these men were on a path that ultimately led to the black sands of Iwo Jima, the doorstep of the Japanese Empire.

Meticulously researched, heart-wrenching, and illuminating, Unknown Valor reveals the sacrifices of ordinary Marines who saved the world from tyranny and left indelible marks on those back home who loved them.

“Even though we all know how the war ends, what we gain from the book is a deeper appreciation for the scope and scale of the patriotism, dreams, and heartache that lived on. Unknown Valor is a triumph.” —Dana Perino, #1 New York Times–bestselling author

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062853875
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 03/19/2024
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 15,052
File size: 22 MB
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About the Author

About The Author

Martha MacCallum is anchor and executive editor of The Story with Martha MacCallum, seen Monday through Friday on Fox News. She is also co-anchor of Fox News Election coverage, moderating town halls and debates with the presidential candidates, alongside Bret Baier and Chris Wallace. Prior to becoming anchor of The Story, MacCallum anchored, “The First 100 Days,” reporting nightly on the first months of the Trump administration and interviewing the President on his 100th Day. She has covered presidential and mid-term elections for Fox News since 2004, as well as extensive reporting from the field on the primary races across the country. MacCallum has reported from Normandy, France during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and from Iwo Jima’s “Reunion of Honor.” Prior to Fox News, MacCallum was an award winning reporter for CNBC, covering homeland security and the US economy, and a reporter/producer for Wall Street Journal Television.

Table of Contents

Introduction: War Plan Orange xi

Prologue: Peekskill, 1971 1

1 Arlington, Massachusetts, 1938 7

2 Infamy 13

3 Outrage 25

4 The Changing Tide 36

5 What Hirohito Knew 49

6 The First Step: Say a Prayer for Your Pal on Guadalcanal 61

7 1943 84

8 Cracking the Inner Ring 108

9 Willing to Fight 120

10 D-Day: From Normandy to Saipan 138

11 Japan's Doorstep 159

12 "A Ghastly Relentlessness" 174

13 "An Island of Sulphur: No Water, No Sparrow, and No Swallow" 189

14 "Hell with the Fire Out" 212

15 The Badlands 235

Epilogue 273

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 287

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